On the heels of yesterday’s, “Yes, we really are remaking ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street'” news, New Line and Platinum Dunes have officially announced that they’ve tapped music video director Samuel Bayer to make his feature film directorial debut with the remake. Some of Bayer’s more famous music videos include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blind Melon’s “No Rain”. If those qualifications aren’t enough to convince you he could do a decent job remaking Freddy and his nightmares, then tough cookies. The remake, it’s said, will take its cues from the original, as Freddy is re-introduced to the masses by offing teens, preferably in the throes of horny teen sex.
And for those still holding out hope that original Freddy Robert Englund will reprise the role, it’s a big time No. THR says this:
Next up for the project is the casting of Krueger. While Internet rumors have swirled about the casting, about the only sure thing is that Robert Englund, who played Krueger in the franchise’s original go-round, won’t reprise his role.
Frankly, I don’t see why he couldn’t come back if he wanted to. Freddy is practically covered in pancake throughout the movies anyway, so it’s not like you could tell the man underneath it is not as young as he used to be. Plus, if they needed Freddy to do flips and what have you, that’s the reason God invented stuntmen.
Anyways, this official announcement of the remake comes 25 years after the original first hit theaters in 1984. Nice timing, guys.
Below: Director Samuel Bayer is really excited to make his feature film debut. No, really. He’s real excited on the inside.